Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: ESPN Sportscaster Saunders Dead at Age 61

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: ESPN Sportscaster Saunders Dead at Age 61

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ESPN sportscaster Saunders dead at age 61

ESPN sportscaster John Saunders, who has hosted "The Sports Reporters" for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced. He was 61.

Saunders joined ESPN in 1986. He did play-by-play on various sports, hosted NHL Stanley Cup Finals coverage and World Series coverage and hosted studio shows for baseball, college football and college basketball.

A cause of death was not announced.

Saunders was also a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity started by the network after former college basketball coach and ESPN announcer Jim Valvano died of cancer in 1993.

Saunders was born in Ontario, Canada, and played hockey at Western Michigan University from 1974-76.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters.

Pacquiao to fight in November * Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he will come out of retirement to fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

The boxer and Philippines senator issued a statement Wednesday confirming the bout, saying he would conduct his entire training camp in his home country so he can also do his legislative work, as he promised during the election campaign.

His adviser Michael Koncz said there will be a promotional tour from Sept. 8-10 in Los Angeles, after which Pacquiao and his team will go home so he can attend to his Senate duties.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao said he was excited to return to the ring and said he has to fight again to earn a living.

Djokovic out with wrist injury * Novak Djokovic has dropped out of the Cincinnati tournament with a sore left wrist, costing the Masters event another top player.

Djokovic was upset at the Olympics in Rio on Sunday, losing to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in straight sets. He informed the Cincinnati tournament on Wednesday that his wrist has been bothering him and needs time to recover.

The Cincinnati tournament is the only Masters event Djokovic has yet to win. He lost to Roger Federer in the finals last year.

Federer also will miss the tournament, taking the rest of the year off to build up a surgically repaired knee. …

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